Gear

How to Pack a Backpack for Thru-Hiking

How to Pack a Backpack for Thru-Hiking

So you’ve got all this gear ready to go… but now what? While out backpacking, everything that you need is carried on your back, in this pack. You’ll pack and...

Feb 18, 2020 : Effie Drew
Introducing the 2020 Badger Sponsorship Winners

Introducing the 2020 Badger Sponsorship Winners

This year, The Trek is revamping the Badger Sponsorship to support eight 2020 thru-hikers with altruistic intentions. We searched for aspiring PCT, AT, CDT, or other long trail hikers who...

Feb 5, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Top Sleeping Bags and Pads: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Sleeping Bags and Pads: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

In 2019, we surveyed 365 section and thru-hikers who were on the Appalachian Trail (AT) . We asked these hikers about the sleeping bags they used, as well as quilts...

Jan 9, 2020 : Mariposa
Announcing the 2020 Badger Sponsorship

Announcing the 2020 Badger Sponsorship

Calling all 2020 thru-hikers.  The Trek wants to sponsor you! Each year, we get in the holiday spirit by lavishing a handful of soon-to-be thru-hikers with some best gear, food,...

Dec 16, 2019 : Zach
The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2019 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2019 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year as part of The Trek’s annual thru-hiker survey, we ask hikers about the footwear they used, and this footwear data remains my favorite to analyze and write about!...

Dec 12, 2019 : Mariposa
Manhattan’s Before-and-After AT Gear: Day 1 Vs. 149

Manhattan’s Before-and-After AT Gear: Day 1 Vs. 149

On my 2019 Appalachian thru-hike, I had a mix of thrifted, hand-me-down, and new (mid-range) gear. The choices were dependent on size, style, and whether or not I was willing...

Nov 7, 2019 : Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis
Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Trends: Examining Gear, Budget, and Resources Over the Past 5 Years

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Trends: Examining Gear, Budget, and Resources Over the Past 5 Years

In 2014, we began conducting annual surveys about AT thru-hikers and attempting thru-hikers. Starting these surveys soon after my own thru-hike has been a really meaningful way for me to...

Sep 20, 2019 : Mariposa
Julia’s Post-Appalachian Trail Gear List [Video]

Julia’s Post-Appalachian Trail Gear List [Video]

Julia (Rocket) is fresh off her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. This is what she carried for the 2,000+ miles, with a base weight of around 20 pounds. All gear...

Sep 9, 2019 : Trek Vloggers
Kristen’s Before-and-After Appalachian Trail Gear

Kristen’s Before-and-After Appalachian Trail Gear

Backpacking gear can be overwhelming. There seem to be countless options for everything from your major items to smaller necessities. I guess I'm an "experienced" backpacker now, so gear talk...

Aug 27, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
Apparel Review: Kari Traa Women’s Clothing

Apparel Review: Kari Traa Women’s Clothing

Kari Traa is a European sportswear brand growing in popularity across the US. As of the past few seasons, a wide selection of the brand's items can be found at...

Aug 10, 2019 : The Editors